Rev. Bill Schnackenberg, Centralia United Methodist Church
Our New Year’s resolutions are fading – at least mine are. For some reason my plans for more exercise, healthier meals, more prayer time – all seem to get lost in the shuffle of everyday demands. So I am uncertain
about the outcome of those resolutions – can I get back to them or not?
When I look at the news locally, nationally, even worldwide, I see the same kinds of uncertainty facing our world, but on a much bigger scale. I see factions everywhere aiming to get on top of all the uncertainty. Yet it continues. Whether it’s social, economic, or political, there is always a situation of “us versus them.” And each battle results in casualties while we try to figure out what’s best for the common good.
Then I look back at other times in our history to find out what we did to make it through those tough and uncertain times. I look back for solutions that actually had an impact on our well-being. Do you know what I found?
The Bible tells us that there have always been times of uncertainty. Uncertainty regarding moral actions, relationships with others and relationships with God, and relationships with the natural order. All these areas have fallen into uncertain times frequently throughout our history.
And do you know what the people did during those times? Sometimes they went to war and won. Other times they were conquered by armies and governments intent on keeping them in their places. Some of those times they even tried to eradicate their faith. Other times they wandered to and fro searching for God’s way of living. But each and every time, every season under the sun, allowed them time to find solace in their relationship with God.
God’s way of living was and still is what is ultimately important. And it begins with getting to know God through Jesus. Not just knowing about God, but actually knowing God.
It is at that point in time that all these other things, the world’s uncertainties, take on a new appearance. Our new reality does not eliminate hard times or easy times, wealth or poverty, ostracism or favoritism. No, it just gives us a crucial basis from which to put all of these into a proper perspective. What matters most is having that relationship with God through Jesus.
That single factor has been what has kept people going through all uncertain times. Uncertain times are upon us – that’s the way it is. But God’s call to each of us is greater than uncertainty. Remember what God said through the prophet Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you; they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
There is truly hope with God as our guide.
May God bless all who read this!